Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has become known for interrogating White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki has kept calling on Doocy, feeling she is capable of handling him, but he continues to make her appear silly.
When questioned about free cellphones being distributed to illegal aliens, he got in a solid zinger on the press secretary on Friday. But it all began on Wednesday, when Psaki claimed that illegal immigrants were being handed smartphones as “alternatives to incarceration programs” in order to “know where folks are.”
“Our team in Texas is that saying that you guys are starting to give smartphones to border crossers, hoping that they’ll use the phones to check in or to be tracked. Which part of that is supposed to deter people from crossing illegally into the states?” the Fox News reporter said.
“Well, I think you of all people — since you’ve asked me a range of questions on this topic over time — would recognize that we need to take steps to ensure that we know where individuals are and we can track — and we can check in with them,” This is from a statement from the press secretary.
“The alternatives to detention programs — is what we utilize — has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program,” the press secretary said. “Telephonic, which is one of them, which is uses a participant’s voice to create a biometric voice print during the enrollment process. And when the participant has a check-in call, their voice is compared to the voice print,” the press secretary explained.
“SmartLink, which is another option, enables participant monitoring via smartphone or tablet using facial-matching technology to establish identity. “And Global Positioning System monitoring is of a participant’s location and movement history, using satellite technology through an ankle bracelet. This is all part of our effort, as individuals come into the United States and individuals who are entering who will proceed to immigration proceedings, to monitor and track where they are,” the white house press secretary said.
Peter Doocy was curious and asked if there was “any concern by folks around here that these migrants will take the phones and just toss them?” “Do you have a record of people throwing phones away?” As if Doocy seemed to have a type of technique to see what every migrant seems to be doing, the press secretary responded back sarcastically.
Doocy decided to return to the subject on Friday. “Is there any plan to give free smartphones to U.S. citizens that want them?” the fox news reporter said. “Should we not be tracking migrants who irregularly cross the border?” she said. “Or do you have an alternative suggestion for how they should be tracked?” “I, unfortunately, have not been asked to make U.S. immigration policy. That’s not my —” Before the press secretary interrupted him; the reporter remarked.
“Today’s your moment,” Amid laughing, the press secretary said. “Well, it’d be great if anybody that wanted a free phone and a free monthly plan could get one. So, is that going to be an offer for everybody or just people that walk into the country illegally?” a fox news white house correspondent clearly stated.
“Well, Peter, as — when we talked about this the other day, what I noted to you is that we have a range of means of tracking individuals who irregularly migrate to the country, as — in order to ensure that they are meeting their Notice to Appear obligations and that they are appearing in court when they should appear in court. Phones is one of them. There are also ankle devices and a range of tracking devices,” the white house press secretary said.
“Peter Doocy to Psaki: ‘It would be nice if everybody who wanted a free phone and a free monthly plan could get one, so is that going to be an offer to everyone or just folks who come into the country illegally?'” the Post Millennial wrote on Twitter earlier this week.
“Eighty percent of non-citizens released from DHS custody at the border under prosecutorial discretion have either received a Notice to Appear or are still inside the reporting timeframe,” the press secretary stated.
“So, certainly, telephone reporting exists.” SmartLink is a smartphone app that allows participants to monitor their progress. There’s also the Global Positioning System to consider. “We monitor a variety of sophisticated technology-based methods,” she explained. And as we all know, the White House press secretary always circles around, but this time she decided to do something new and merely toss issues about without offering concrete answers to the correspondents or the American public.